Devils clobber Cougars in Pullman

Devils clobber Cougars in Pullman

Halloween night on the road in near freezing temperatures turned out to be anything but a scary proposition for Arizona State. A dominating performance on both sides of the ball led to a 55-21 rout over Washington State, as the Sun Devils showed no rust following their bye week.

Arizona State (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) wasted no time establishing their supremacy scoring 21 first quarter points via two touchdown runs by Taylor Kelly, and a touchdown pass from Kelly to Jaelen Strong. Three more touchdown passes the rest of the half by ASU's signal caller negated Washington State's (4-5, 2-4) two scores of their own as the Sun Devils led 42-14 at the half.

In the second stanza the Cougars scored just nine seconds into the period but any momentum that the hosts may have gained was quickly squashed as they were shut out the rest of the contest while ASU tacked on 13 more points.

You couldn't have asked for a more balanced offense from ASU, as the Sun Devils collected 282 net yards rushing and 275 yards passing. This was the third straight game and fifth time this season that the Sun Devils surpassed 500 total yards of offense.

On defense, the maroon and gold were once again able to deem their opposition's rushing game irrelevant limiting Washington State to just a net two yards rushing. They sacked quarterback Connor Halliday three times and posted seven pass breakups. Alden Darby and Lloyd Carrington each had eight total tackles to lead ASU.

Kelly for the first time this season passed for less than 300 yards yet had one of his best games of the year completing 22 of 31 passes for 275 yards and five touchdowns, to go along with his two rushing scores. Marion Grice was held scoreless after none straight games but paced the Sun Devils with 94 yards on 18 carries. D.J. Foster led all wide receivers with seven catches for 77 yards and two scores.

Next up for ASU is another road game, this time visiting Pac-12 South foe Utah on Saturday November 9th at 2 p.m.

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